Pool time.   Drive-in movies (yes, they are still out there!). Road trips.  Beaches.  Ice cold beverages. Celebrating survivorship.   It is that time of the year.  School is out and it’s time for all these rituals that are part of summer.   That includes celebrating cancer survivorship.    Did you know that June is National Cancer Survivor Month? AND Men’s Health Month?   New Focus Daily plans on sharing content this month specific to BOTH and hope that you will follow along with our articles this month. We have a great new partnership with the Tennessee Men’s Health Network and will feature some great articles from Executive Director Michael Leventhal as well as his wonderful student intern Michael Travis from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee just outside of Nashville. We cannot wait to share their words of wisdom and expertise on men’s health!

According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration, “National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the first Sunday every June. It is the one day each year that people around the world come together to recognize the cancer survivors in their community, to raise awareness of the challenges these survivors face, and, most importantly, to celebrate life.” According to the Foundation, “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.”

We all know someone who has been touched by cancer. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation encourages everyone to participate in their community’s events and activities. If you aren’t sure what is going on in your area, ask your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office. You can host an event of your own using the resources available through the National Cancer Survivors Day® website, ncsd.org.

As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow, the Women Survivors Alliance recognizes the importance of addressing the unique needs of women survivors, co-survivors, and those who have been touched by cancer in some way.  We know that many face limited access to healthcare specialists.  We know that there is a lack of information about promising new treatments.  We know that so many face inadequate or no insurance.  We know there are struggles with finding employment.  And we know all about the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social struggles cancer survivors face. That’s why we are here.   Join us this month as NFD provides great features for and by cancer survivors as we always do.    We will also  share more from Untold :  A Global Storytelling Project  which we announced in New Focus Daily in January.   We will hear stories of courage, inspiration, and triumph from individuals who have been through life-changing events – not all cancer, but all life-changing, and that have created SURVIVORS.    We will hear from survivors and co-survivors who are ready to share their stories, thoughts, hopes and dreams as well as struggles, and most of all, their courage and inspiration.

So why does an organization with “women” in its title want to focus on men’s health? Most of us have men in our lives – dads, brothers, uncles, cousins, sons, significant others – and women can be a big influence on their health and well-being. One study published in the Journal of Family Practice found that men were 2.7 times more likely than women to be influenced to seek health care by a member of the opposite sex. In another report, report The Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Makers for Healthy Outcomes, which was based on a multi-market survey of 9,218 respondents in the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, and Brazil, health care consumers are overwhelmingly female.  Fifty-nine percent of women in the multi-market sample included in this report are making health care decisions for others. These women are the healthcare CEOs of the family and set the health agenda for themselves and their families.  They need to be educated not just on women’s health, but health issues pertinent to the males in their lives.  They choose treatments and plans of care, hire and fire health care practitioners, pharmacists, and insurance carriers, and make routine decisions impacting the health of loved ones.  By providing education on men’s health either to men directly, or to the women in their lives – we can make this world a healthier place for us all.

Celebrate cancer survivorship AND men’s health with us throughout June, and year-round as well.

Be educated, empowered, INSPIRED, and stay SURVIVOR strong! 

 

 

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                     Be educated, empowered, INSPIRED, and stay SURVIVOR strong! 

 

 

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Sources:

Norcross, WA1, Ramirez, C, Palinkas, LA. The influence of women on the health care-seeking behavior of men.  J Fam Pract. 1996 Nov;43(5):475-80.

Center for Talent Innovation.  The Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Makers for Healthy Outcomes, 4/23/2015.  www.talentinnovation.org.  Accessed 5/29/2018.

 

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

About The Author

Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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